My screen name might give it away, but since getting back into homebrewing a few years ago I have a particular objective. I want to learn how to make good or great beer on a boat and be able to do it away from civilization. (Civilization as defined here means within range of a home brew store).
The first part of the project has gone well. I've got my equipment and process minimized to a reasonable level and can brew in my small galley, cool the wort, ferment aboard, bottle etc. During this process I have been using extract with steeping grains because that's what I'm most familiar with.
Now it's time to move on to phase 2. Limiting myself to ingredients that keep. Obviously if I'm near a home brew store, I'll brew with grains hops etc. I do plan to sail for many months/years at at time in places that won't have home brew stores so I must learn to make good (or great) beer with ingredients that keep.
My plan is to use pre-hopped extract kits because hops are hard to keep. I figure that coopers IPA kit will be a good place to start because I doubt any of them have much in the way of hops and the more the better.
I've read all the threads I could find on improving the kits and am open to more suggestions. For my purposes much of the good advice can't be used because it involves using steeping grains or hops.
I was thinking of starting out by using an IPA kit with less than the regular amount of water, even up to 1/2 as much and seeing how that goes as a starting/reference point.
Allowed ingredients for this project include:
1. Any pre-hopped canned extract. (multiple cans per batch are okay)
2. Canned LME or DME. Light, dark, amber etc.
3. Possibly hop oils/extracts if they have a shelf life of >1yr at 70F.
4. Any powdered sugars.
5. Anything else that stores well and keeps >1yr at 70F.
PS If I get this to work well the recipes I come up with would be great ingredient kits to store in case of the zombie apocalypse.